In the late 1970s and '80s downtown Manhattan was the anchor of vanguard filmmaking, the undisputed center of American—some would say international—art and film. Blank City tells the long-overdue tale of the motley crew of renegade filmmakers that emerged from an economically bankrupt and dangerous period of New York history. It's a fascinating look at the way this misfit cinema used the deserted, bombed-out Lower East Side landscapes to craft daring works that would go on to profoundly influence Independent Film today. Director Céline Danhier captures the idiosyncratic, explosive energy of the "No Wave Cinema" and "Cinema of Transgression" movements, where filmmakers such as Jim Jarmusch, Eric Mitchell, Beth B, Charlie Ahearn, Lizzie Borden and Amos Poe showcased the city's vibrant grit, and bore witness to the rising East Village art and rock scenes and the birth of hip hop. Short, long, color or black-and-white, their stripped-down films portrayed themes of alienation and dissonance with a raw and genuine spirit, at times with deadpan humor or blurring lines between fiction and reality. Also featuring Debbie Harry, Steve Buscemi, John Lurie, Thurston Moore, Richard Kern, Ann Magnuson and John Waters. Official Web Site

Director:

Céline Danhier

Cast:

Amos Poe, Ann Magnuson, Becky Johnston, Beth B, Bette Gordon, Casandra Stark Mele, Charlie Ahearn, Daze, Debbie Harry, Eric Mitchell, Fab 5 Freddy, Glenn O'Brien, Jack Sergeant, James Chance, James Nares, Jim Jarmusch, J.G. Thirlwell, John Lurie, John Waters, Kembra Pfahler, Lizzie Borden, Lung Leg, Lydia Lunch, Manuel DeLanda, Maripol, Michael McClard, Michael Oblowitz, Nick Zedd, Pat Place, Patti Astor, Richard Kern, Sara Driver, Scott B, Steve Buscemi, Susan Seidelman, Tessa Hughes-Freeland, Thurston Moore, Tommy Turner, Vivienne Dick

MPAA Rating:

NR

Run Time:

1hr 35mins

Release Year:

2010

Country Of Origin:

USA